Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been vocal about the club’s desire to carry an extra pitcher in the bullpen that can provide “length.” Length, of course means multiple innings
On Tuesday, Doc had all but narrowed the candidates down to two: Dennis Santana or Brock Stewart.
Late Tuesday evening, Alanna Rizzo provided us with a bit of interesting information.
It appears Brock Stewart will fill the final spot of the #Dodgers 25-man roster. Yesterday, Roberts said the final spot required length. Stewart provides that.
— AlaNNa Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 28, 2019
If indeed “Brock Star” has made the club as the 25th man, you can’t help but feel that his additional option year played a role in the decision. Between Santana and Stewart, the club may view Santana as a better rotation option to keep ready if any more injuries happen to hit the Dodgers staff. With that, Santana should be maintaining his pitch count as a member of the OKC rotation.
Stewart, 27, was serviceable during Cactus League play having posted a 2.84 ERA in 6.1 innings pitched. A point of concern would be the 5 walks he allowed against only 4 strikeouts.
One positive note on Stewart as he’s added to the bullpen for Opening Day is that has performed much better in a relief role during his career — albeit a #smallsamplesize.
Courtesy of Baseball-Reference.
In relief, Brock-Brock’s ERA is a full 2.5 runs better per 9 innings at the major league level.
Perhaps this is the opportunity he needs to establish himself as a viable MLB option.
It’s Opening Week and the roster is set.